Pelosi Seeks to Make House Health Care Bill MORE Liberal

Posted: Sep 23, 2009 2:25 PM
Some thought it couldn't be done, but Nancy Pelosi dared to dream. 

When House leadership brings a finalized health care bill to the full House floor for a vote, it's likely to be much more liberal than moderate Dems may be comfortable with, according to Roll Call

In addition to her aspirations for a robust government-run public option--much more robust than moderate Dems have thus far agreed to--Pelosi also plans to include an additional tax for the country's wealthiest individuals. 

CBS reports:
The original tri-committee health care bill introduced in the House would have raised taxes by 5.4 percent on taxpayers making more than $1 million a year, but some Democrats have opposed the measure.

The original House bill also included a public option that moderates in the House Energy and Commerce Committee made less robust. The Blue Dogs in the committee worked out a deal with committee leaders to make a public option negotiate payment rates with medical providers — instead of dictating them. This is intended to put a public option on a "level playing field" with private insurers. Pelosi, however, reportedly plans to peg public option payment rates to Medicare payment rates.
Roll Call is also reporting that Pelosi hopes to finish work on the bill by the end of this week so it can be reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office and move to a vote in the House by mid-October.  
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